By Chuck Schechner, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

CROWLEY (CBSDFW.COM) – A new study is hoping to figure out why North Texas has such a high asthma rate among kids.

Researchers from Baylor Unversity are launching the study with Crowley ISD for this school year to compare the level of contaminants in the air with the number of visits to the nurses office because of asthma.

The researchers will compare detailed air contaminants to children’s health records in the Crowley ISD. Asthma is blamed for high absentee rates among school kids.

KRLD’s Chuck Schechner Reports:

Environmental Science professor Erica Bruce says beginning Monday they’ll set up air monitors around the area.  The monitors are in addtion to EPA monitors already in North Texas.

Dr. Bruce’s goal is to find out what’s triggering so many asthma cases.

The researchers say one in every five North Texas kids suffers from some degree of asthma, twice the national average.

The study officially begins Monday, Crowley ISD’s first day of school.